The mobile app industry has grown greatly owing to the vast spread and use of smart phones in the 21st century. Smart phones have become almost a necessity in the contemporary persons list of essentials. In the same accord, mobile applications have to keep up with increasing trends for people to use easily portable devices as compared to other computing devices. Let us look at the 3 major trends for the mobile app industry in 2013.
The ability of smart phones to run third party applications rather than only the built in features of mobile phones has greatly opened up the field to app developers. There is literally and app for everything you can think of. However, the question is can these applications that seems to pop out every minute meet the consumers’ expectations and trends for 2013?
Money transfer applications are at the top of the list of concerns for 2013 for application designers. Mobile money is a necessity in the present day of seeking convenience in the way we transact. Having an application in which you can securely and easily send cash will greatly cut down the approximate cost and the total effort spent on money transfers through conventional means.
Location based services are also a trend that has been seen last year and definitely to be improved in 2013. Location based services are the greatest asset to customizing user experience for mobile applications. It becomes much better when the application responds to your needs in regards to your location and the resources available around you.
Location based services have greatly utilized Google Maps resources but we are waiting to see if anyone will come up with something out of the box. This is therefore something that remains to be seen.
Mobile health monitoring is an area of mobile applications than not many developers have ventured into. There is a lot of diversity in health monitoring. So far, most of the applications that have entered the market include health and fitness-coaching apps that help people keep in rhythm with their weight loss ventures. However much more can be achieved through health monitoring mobile apps, going far beyond the limits of weight loss concerns to other conditions, connecting medical professionals and medical resources.
Mobile applications have had to restrict access to mobile app stores depending on the type of operating system that the mobile device operates on. The most common mobile application stores include the Apple store, Google Play Store, Black Berry store and the Nokia App Market. Applications are not accessible across these platforms and 2013 is looking forward to an integration of access across all platforms for more and more applications.
Another concern for application developers besides the 3 major trends for the mobile app industry in 2013 is whether these applications can break through to the lower priced handsets. This is because a large portion of consumers has been forced out due to the type of handsets that they have. Many mobile apps like the iLivingapp needs to be made.